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Film / The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

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The Heartbreak Kid is a 2007 romantic comedy starring Ben Stiller, Malin Åkerman and Michelle Monaghan. It is a remake of the 1972 film of the same name. Nothing to do with Shawn "The Heartbreak Kid" Michaels.

Eddie (Ben Stiller) is forty, owns a sporting-goods store, and is still single. After watching his ex-fiancée walk down the aisle, he meets Lila (Malin Åkerman), an environmental researcher, who seems too good to be true. Pressured by his father and best friend, Eddie pops the question and marries Lila after only 6 weeks.

However, as he almost instantly discovers, his new bride is a nightmare with more baggage than he can handle. She's immature, foolish, a monster in bed, owes a tremendous amount of money to various sources, and as it turns out, is only a volunteer and doesn't actually have a job.

While on their honeymoon in Cabo, Eddie meets Miranda (Michelle Monaghan), a down-to-earth lacrosse coach who is visiting with her family. Sparks fly, and Eddie falls for her. Now comes the tricky part of breaking off his marriage to crazy Lila, all while keeping the truth from Miranda about why he's in Cabo in the first place...


Hilarity Ensues

This film has examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Lila becomes this to Eddie.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Bordering on Adaptational Villainy at times. Lila in the original film was a nice woman overall but also was a walking collection of persnickety little flaws. This film's version of Lila is best described as a Psychotic Womanchild.
  • All Women Are Lustful: After the wedding, Lila reveals an insatiable appetite for sex. Unfortunately for Eddie, Lila enjoys rough sex, which is particularly painful for him...
  • An Aesop: It's better to be single than to be with the wrong person.
  • Betty and Veronica: Eddie is Archie, Miranda is Betty, and Lila is Veronica.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Lila, who doesn't reveal her myriad of annoying habits, mood swings, and oddities until after the wedding.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: The twins who accuse Eddie of being gay and later start a rumor that his wife was killed by an ice-pick murderer.
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  • The Brute: Martin.
  • Butt-Monkey: Eddie, especially after marrying Lila.
  • The Cameo: Eva Longoria as the second wife of Eddie in the final scene.
  • The Chew Toy: Eddie is on the receiving end of all sorts of abuse and humiliation throughout the movie. And he deserves every bit of it.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Lila.
  • Country Matters: Lila calls Eddie this when he tries to treat her sunburn.
  • Cringe Comedy: Eddie is humiliated by his wife (although she doesn't realize what she is doing) in front of the woman he loves and her family in the third act.
  • Dirty Old Man: Eddie's father, played by Jerry Stiller. He has an obsession with "crushing pussy" and even suggests that he and Eddie go to Vegas together to tag-team women.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: After the wedding, Lila abuses Eddie both physically and sexually. The abuse is played for laughs. But if the genders were reversed, then it would be a different story...
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Lila has sex with Eddie so vigorously that he even screams in pain. Instead of stopping, she hits him and insults him during sex. It's all played for laughs. If the genders were reversed, none of this would be funny.
  • Downer Ending /Here We Go Again!: Both Played for Laughs.
  • Family Values Villain: Although he's arguably more of a Hero Antagonist, Martin seems to take moral offense to drinking, smoking pot, and pornography.
  • Fanservice: Lila, played by the beautiful actress Malin Åkerman, has many bikini or naked scenes.
    • Fan Disservice: Lila's extremely unkempt private area, shown in all its glory when she er, helps him relieve a jellyfish sting.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The fact that the thief insists to Eddie that the things he is stealing from Lila are his, as well as his panicked look at seeing Lila approaching him, already shows that there is something very wrong about Lila...
    • The fact that Lila insisted on not wanting to have sex with Eddie during the beginning of their relationship seems initially to be a genuine feeling on her part... but considering what is revealed later, it may also be a sign that she did not want to scare him away with her addiction to rough and painful sex.
  • Gag Boobs: The woman with Eddie's father in Vegas has these.
  • Henpecked Husband: Mac.
  • Hope Spot: When Miranda looks out the window to watch Eddie leave near the end of the film. Naturally, he screws it up again.
    • Tito gives Eddie a small one, making him think Miranda still wants him [Eddie], before saying, "Screw off, I'm joking!"
  • Humiliation Conga: The man-o-war scene near the end.
  • Insatiable Newlyweds: After the marriage, Lila only thinks about having sex with Eddie all the time, and he finds out in the worst possible way that she's addicted to rough sex and it's particularly painful to him.
  • Jerkass: A lot...
    • Lila seems to be a lovely woman, nice and perfect at first sight. After marrying Eddie she reveals herself to be an unpleasant, ignorant, addict to rough and painful sex, has many debts and admits to lying about her job and the identity of her purse thief (in fact, it was her ex-boyfriend whom she owed money). The movie does not confirm whether she intentionally or accidentally hid her worst faults from Eddie until she married him, and at other times she seems to be really just a naive woman unable to realize how problematic she is, but apologizes to Eddie and seems to love him. And although Eddie was really a jerk with her in the second half of the movie by cheating on her with Miranda on their honeymoon, there's no denying that Lila destroying his money and passport before leaving him to his own fate was very wrong.
    • Eddie had every reason to divorce Lila after finding out about all the problems she hid (intentionally or accidentally) from him before marriage. But cheating on Lila with Miranda during her own honeymoon, even lying and manipulating her emotionally to make her feel guilty, even after she sincerely apologized ... Well, let's just say that Eddie deserved all the bad that happened to him in the third act. And judging from the final scene, he doesn't seem to have learned anything.
    • Martin is an incredibly nasty human being who has antagonized Eddie from the first meeting for no reason, and whose attempts to protect his cousin Miranda are a little creepy.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Martin. He's belligerent and pretty unlikable personality-wise, but he has Miranda's best interests in mind.
  • Karma Houdini: Both Lila and Eddie fall under this category.
  • Large Ham:
    • Malin Åkerman becomes that whenever Lila is sad or angry.
    • Ben Stiller in the third act of the film, when Lila and Miranda discover what Eddie did and his life turns to hell.
  • Love Triangle: Eddie marries Lila, who turns out to be a nightmare, and on their honeymoon, he falls in love with Miranda.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Lila, played by the beautiful actress Malin Åkerman, in bikini or naked.
    • Although eclipsed by Lila, who wears much shorter and sensual clothes, there are also some nice scenes with Michelle Monaghan.
  • Never My Fault: Surprisingly averted with Eddie as he doesn't blame Lila for causing him to consider cheating on her and admits that he's responsible for everything that happened to him.
  • Only Sane Man: Or woman in that case. Miranda is undoubtedly the most sane and rational person in history, although the competition is also not the best: Martin, his paranoid and arrogant cousin; Eddie, the immature man who is cheating on his wife on their honeymoon; and Lila, who is... well, Lila.
  • Overly Long Gag: The montage of Lila singing along to EVERY song on the radio on their way to Mexico, while Eddie is clearly thinking about blowing his brains out.
  • Papa Wolf: Eddie's father when Martin attacks him with a baseball bat.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Lots of this. Thanks to a rumor started by the Bratty Half-Pint twins, Miranda's family thinks Eddie's wife was murdered, and he takes it to mean that they know about Lila's abuse and feel sorry for him because of it. Also, Eddie keeps getting interrupted when he's about to tell Miranda the truth until he simply decides it's easier to hide the fact that he's married.
  • Psychopathic Woman Child: Lila. Among other things, she refuses to wear sunblock in Mexico and then accuses Eddie of "siding with the ozone" when she gets a horrific sunburn.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The hobo who Eddie thought was deaf-mute gives him one when he [Eddie] won't stop obsessing over Miranda.
  • Red-and-White Comedy Poster
  • Running Gag: The increasingly annoying mariachi band that always shows up at the worst times.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Eddie is this to Miranda near the end.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Eddie is pretty level-headed at first, but goes into full-on psycho stalker mode by the end of the film. Not to mention that he spends his honeymoon trying to cheat on his new bride. Yeah, she's a complete psycho, but still...


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